FBX2

Introduction

This section offers additional information about the FireBoard 2 series of products. The majority of functions are the same as for the first generation FireBoard, with only minor differences.

For the purposes of this guide, the top of the FBX2 has the FireBoard logo and the bottom has the probe and charging ports; however, the screen is responsive and will rotate 180°. This allows you to rest the unit with the ports facing upwards for ease of use.

You can find your FBX2 unit information by holding any button and then pressing the bottom button, next to “Info” that pops up on the screen.

Getting Started and Connecting to Bluetooth and Wifi are helpful links to begin using any FBX2 model. In general, the same basic thermometer operations still apply, with session customization being done through the FireBoard App.

The FireBoard 2 will require the FireBoard Drive Cable for fan use, while the FireBoard 2 Drive has an integrated fan plug. Information about use of a fan, with or without a drive cable, can be found here.

FireBoard 2 (FBX2) User Guide
FireBoard 2 Drive (FBX2D) User Guide

Basic Operations

Basic Button Functions Video

All FBX2 models have three buttons on the side of the unit. Power on your unit by pressing any of the buttons. Make sure you’ve Created a FireBoard Account, Installed the FireBoard App, and Activated your FireBoard.

Power on the unit by pressing any of the buttons. To power the unit off, hold any of the buttons, then press the top button that reads “Power Off” next to it.

Holding any button for two seconds will bring up the main menu. Select the menu item by pressing the corresponding button. The menu will close automatically after five seconds if nothing has been selected.

The top button toggles through screen views. There are five main view options:

Each of the buttons provide different functions on the view screens, as discussed in the next sections of this guide. In general: the top button toggles through screen views, the middle button changes the active channel, and the bottom button toggles display options.

Screen Views

Multi-Channel Temp View

Using the top button, navigate to the Multi-Channel View. Remember: for the purposes of this guide, the top of the FBX2 has the FireBoard logo and the bottom has the probe and charging ports.

On this display, pressing the middle button will change the active channel selection. Once the desired channel is active, simply stop pressing the button.

The bottom button will cycle through two different view options for the channels:

Single Channel Temp View

Using the top button, navigate to the Single Channel View. You can change the active channel by pressing the middle button. Pressing the bottom button will display Drive information if you have a fan connected. More information about using a fan can be found here.

The FireBoard 2 requires the FireBoard Drive Fan Cable in order to use a fan, while the FireBoard 2 Drive and FireBoard 2 Pro both have a dedicated 2.5mm barrel plug for a fan. Make sure you are familiar with the fan specifications.

Channel Graph View

This screen shows the graph of the temperature for the active channel; use the top button to navigate to this screen. Remember: for purposes of this guide, the top button is located closest to the FireBoard logo on the case and furthest from the ports. Press the middle button to change the active channel being viewed.

On this screen, pressing the bottom button will adjust the temperature chart range, as indicated in the bottom right corner. Options are:

Multi-Channel Temp & Single Channel Graph

After pressing the top bottom to arrive at this screen, you’ll see the temperatures for all channels with probes along the top and a graph of the active channel temperatures at the bottom. Pressing the middle button will change the active channel so you can view a different temperature graph. As with the Single Channel Graph View, the bottom button adjusts the temperature chart range, with 1M, 30M, 1H, and 12H options.

Probes

The FireBoard 2 and FireBoard 2 Drive primarily utilize 100K thermistors. The FireBoard 2 Pro can only be used with Type-K thermocouple probes (additional information about thermocouples below). The FireBoard 2 & Drive models can also read RTD PT-100 probes and 10K Thermistors; these probe types are sold separately.

Take a moment to become familiar with proper probe care and maintenance. If you are experiencing an issue with your probes, the questionable probes page may have a solution for you.

Thermocouple (Type K) Probes

The Pro model uses Type-K Thermocouple probes, which provide several key advantages. Type-K probes are robust and heavy duty, perfect for rugged use. The connector is also very strong, providing a stable pathway for reading temperature from the probe. Thermocouples can read high temperatures, much higher than thermistors. This is ideal for pizza ovens, wood stoves, or general cooking at higher temperatures. Since Type-K Thermocouples are standardized, any Type-K probe can work with the FireBoard 2 Pro.

More information about thermocouple probes can be found here.

Device Specifications

FireBoard 2 (FBX2)

Property Description
Dimensions 4.4”W x 2.8”H x 1.1”D (112mm x 72mm x 29 mm)
Weight 8 oz (226.8g)
Power Input 5VDC-12VDC, USB-C Power Delivery
Battery Type Li-Ion 4000 mAh (apprx 30 hours)
Power Connector USB-C
LCD Display 256 x 128 black and white, backlit
Operating Temperature -13 to 140°F (-25 to 60°C)
Measurement Range -94 to 752°F (-70 to 400°C)
Measurement Accuracy ±0.7°F (±0.4°C), ±0.1% of reading
Measurement Resolution 0.1°
Probe Inputs 2.5mm phone jack (x6)
LED Status Lights Multi-color RGB LEDs
Aux Port Input 8pin Mini DIN
Antenna Internal
Wireless WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n & Bluetooth 4.0
Encryption Protocols WEP, WPA, WPA2

FireBoard 2 Drive (FBX2D)

Property Description
Dimensions 4.4”W x 2.8”H x 1.1”D (112mm x 72mm x 29 mm)
Weight 8 oz (226.8g)
Power Input 5VDC-12VDC, USB-C Power Delivery
Battery Type Li-Ion 4000 mAh (apprx 30 hours)
Power Connector USB-C
LCD Display 256 x 128 black and white, backlit
Operating Temperature -13 to 140°F (-25 to 60°C)
Measurement Range -94 to 752°F (-70 to 400°C)
Measurement Accuracy ±0.7°F (±0.4°C), ±0.1% of reading
Measurement Resolution 0.1°
Probe Inputs 2.5mm phone jack (x6)
LED Status Lights Multi-color RGB LEDs
Aux Port Input 8pin Mini DIN
Drive Port 2.5mm barrel
Antenna Internal
Wireless WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n & Bluetooth 4.0
Encryption Protocols WEP, WPA, WPA2

FireBoard 2 Pro (FBX2K)

Property Description
Dimensions 4.4”W x 2.8”H x 1.1”D (112mm x 72mm x 29 mm)
Weight 8 oz (226.8g)
Power Input 5VDC-12VDC, USB-C Power Delivery
Battery Type Li-Ion 4000 mAh (apprx 30 hours)
Power Connector USB-C
LCD Display 256 x 128 black and white, backlit
Operating Temperature -13 to 140°F (-25 to 60°C)
Measurement Range -94 to 1500°F (-70 to 815°C) *More information coming soon
Measurement Accuracy ±0.7°F (±0.4°C), ±0.1% of reading
Measurement Resolution 0.1°
Probe Inputs Thermocouple Type-K (x3)
LED Status Lights Multi-color RGB LEDs
Aux Port Input 8pin Mini DIN
Drive Port 2.5mm barrel
Antenna Internal
Wireless WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n & Bluetooth 4.0
Encryption Protocols WEP, WPA, WPA2

FAQ

You can also check out the Live Video from our Facebook Live session for some questions and answers.

Do the Drive/Pro models require a Drive Cable to power a fan?
No. The FireBoard 2 Drive & Pro have built in Drive technology, so they can power a fan directly via the 2.5mm port. Alternatively, they can also power a fan using the Drive Cable and the aux port.

Can the “non-Drive” model still power a fan using the Drive Cable?
Yes! Every FireBoard (all models) have a built in aux port and the Drive Cable can be used to power a fan.

Can the Drive/Pro model power two fans?
Not at the moment, but this might be a feature developed in the future via an OTA firmware update.

If you have two FireBoard units, they can both be connected to your FireBoard App account and each unit can operate a fan through the app. Please note that this would require two FireBoard units and, if using the FBX11 and/or FBX2, two Drive Cables for connecting one fan to each unit.

Does the USB-C port power the fan and keep FireBoard 2 charged?
Yes, the USB-C port is PD (Power Delivery) enabled which means it can shift into a 12V power input, providing plenty of power to run the fan at 100% while keeping the FireBoard 2 running and charged for longer cooks.

What’s the difference between these and the current FireBoard (FBX11)?

There are several key differences to the FBX2 models of FireBoard, including:

There is a comparison matrix on our website that further illustrates the differences between FireBoard models.

Will my FBX11 power cable work with the FBX2?

No, the FBX2 units use a USB Type-C charging cable, which comes with an FBX2 kit order.

Will the probes I have work?

The FBX2 and FBX2D are both compatible with thermistor and RTD probes. Any probes you are currently using with the FBX11 unit will work with the FBX2 and FBX2D.

What’s a thermocouple?

Generally, thermocouple probes are more durable and read at higher temperatures. The FireBoard 2 Pro, which will be available in August, utilizes three thermocouple type-K probes. These are not interchangeable with thermistor and RTD probes. These are popular with commercial users as well as competition barbecue teams.

Will this use the same app?

Yes.

Is it waterproof?

The FBX2 units are weather resistant, but not waterproof. The technical definition of water resistant is that it is able to resist the penetration of water to a certain degree, but not entirely. The case also helps keep out dirt, dust, and other outdoor elements that can impede your FireBoard.

While the case makes the FBX2 models more durable, care should still be taken to avoid over exposure to the elements.

Does it have WiFi, etc?

Yes, the FBX2 units have the same cloud connected, WiFi, and Bluetooth capabilities as the FBX11.

What do the LED lights mean?

The lights will be red when the unit is powered on. The green flashing light indicates that the unit is working and receiving/sending information. The blue light means that Bluetooth is connected.

Are there magnets or a stand?

No, there are no magnets or stand built into the units. However, the FBX2 models can stand upright on either side, with the screen rotating 180 to match orientation (the probe and power ports can face upright with the unit “upside down” and the screen oriented right-side up). A “base” with magnets is being developed and the goal is to have it available in the next couple of months.